Sunday, January 15, 2012

Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge

Yesterday we went to the Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge because the admission was free for MLK weekend.  Normally it is only $5.00 per person, but we still hadn't gone yet.  When we got there we walked on a long path to a historic lighthouse.  Along the sidewalk were signs that gave information about animals that live at the refuge. The view was awesome since we were up on the cliffs.

 We saw tons of whales!  Mostly just the spouts and tails coming out of the water -- very cool though! 

 Beautiful view of the coast!

 This is the Nene --- the state bird of Hawaii.  It is on the endangered species list.  Apparently they disappeared from Kauai for awhile but they are making a comeback.

All of the white dots are birds.

We saw Albatros, which are birds with a 6-7 foot wingspan!  It felt like dinosaurs were flying over us.

After the light house we went to Lydgate Beach and a BBQ. A while back we bought a 1 burner propane stove and it is great for a quick cheap alternative to going out to eat while we are out for the day. So we cooked up some burgers and watched some kids surf.

Lydgate beach is very nice with multiple  lava rock inclosed swimming areas perfect for young kids learning to swim and snorkel. there are no waves in the inclosed areas. There are also many picnic tables and grassy areas to have a party or just to have a nice lunch. On this beach there is a lot of drift wood and places where people have had fires on the beach, but for the most part, the swimming area was clear of debris.

Cory & Emilie